By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Eric Hampton denies he had anything to do with nearly every allegation against him in a July 23 lawsuit by Lee County Superintendent of Education Mike Scott.
Hampton, a Tupelo businessman and chairman of the Lee County Democratic Party, officially answered Scott’s accusations in documents filed at the Lee County Circuit Court.
The case also is looking for a presiding judge after withdrawals by all four of District 1’s circuit judges and a special judge appointed by the Mississippi Supreme Court.
July 1, Tupelo attorney Jamie Franks, who also is chairman of the state Democrats, notified Scott, the Lee County School Board and its attorney that he intended to file an alienation affection lawsuit against Scott. He said he wanted at least $500,000 damages for Scott’s affair with Franks’ then-wife, Lisa, who works for the county school system.
The Frankses were granted a divorce in late June on grounds of irreconcilable differences.
July 12, Hampton led a meeting of the Lee County Democratic Executive Committee and secured the group’s official displeasure at Scott’s behavior.
Scott sued Franks and Hampton, first asking the circuit court to decide that he shouldn’t owe Franks anything because Scott insisted it was Jamie Franks’ behavior that “alienated” Lisa Franks to want to end their marriage.
Scott accused Franks of using Hampton to bring Scott’s behavior before the party’s executive committee for a vote on sanctions. Franks and Hampton repeatedly deny they worked in concert to embarrass or threaten Scott.
Read the details of Hampton’s denials in Friday’s NEMS Daily Journal.